Morozov, Quintero Take Seconds At NCAAs
March 22, 2012
Sophomore Vladimir Morozov (50y free) and freshman Cristian Quintero (500y free) finished 0.07 and 0.12 out of first, respectively, as each posted second-place finishes to highlight No. 5 USC's first night of finals at the 2012 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday (March 22) at the Weyerhauser Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash.
USC is in seventh after the first day with 79 points. Defending champion Cal is in first with 157.5 points and is followed in the top 10 by Stanford (140), Texas (128.5), Arizona (118), Auburn (106.5), Michigan (84), USC, Florida (58), Louisville (46) and Texas A&M (43). Troy had 62 points after the first day last year en route to a seventh-place finish.
"We had a strong start to the first day of competition," USC Coach Dave Salo said. "Coming up a bit short on two NCAA Championship swims by Quintero and Morozov was a bit frustrating, but the guys had great swims for silver. We were better tonight than a year ago and hope the momentum will carry into tomorrow's events."
Morozov and Quintero, both fourth in their respective prelims, came within wisps of USC's first national titles since 2007 with their close-call finishes.
Morozov, sixth in the 50y free last year, finished second in 19.08 behind Texas senior James Feigen's 19.01. It was essentially a two-man race as the third-place time was 19.46. Morozov's back-to-back All-American finishes in the race are USC's first since Bjorn Zikarsky did it in 1990-91. Morozov's 19.08 was just off his school-record 19.06. In prelims, USC senior Jeff Daniels was 30th (19.83), 0.01 off his season best.
Quintero finished second in the 500y free in 4:13.07, only 0.12 behind Georgia winner Martin Grodzki (4:12.95). Quintero moved into third place after 400 yards though he was still 1.8 seconds behind Grodski. Quintero shaved off 0.61 seconds with 50 to go and motored home in a finals-best 23.84 to almost complete the come-from-behind victory. Quintero's 4:13.07 makes him the fifth-fastest Trojan ever in the race.
Freshman Chad Bobrosky, who earned a second swim in the race with a 4:17.26 in prelims, finished third in the `B' final (11th overall) in 4:17.52. His prelim time made him the 11th-fastest Trojan in the race.
Junior Alex Lendrum made a big leap in the 200y IM, qualifying for the `B' final of the 200y IM for the first time by snaring the 16th spot in prelims in 1:45.09. He was 39th in the race last season. In the `B' final, he finished sixth (14th overall) in 1:45.61. Sophomore Dimitri Colupaev was 22nd (1:45.54) while sophomore Jack Wagner was 35th (1:47.17).
The Trojans finished sixth in the 200y free relay as Morozov, Daniels, sophomore Jack Wagner and Colupaev finished in 1:17.91. The same quartet earned the finals spot with a 1:17.65.
After qualifying for the 400y medley relay `B' final with a 10th-place prelim swim, the quartet of Lendrum, freshman Sergio Lujan Rivera, sophomore Chase Bloch and Morozov took 12th in 3:10.16. They went 3:08.74 in prelims.
NCAA Championships information
Prelims begin each day at 11 a.m. with finals at 7 p.m. Click here for the NCAA's championship home page and click here for real time results.
Host school Seattle University will stream live each prelim session and Thursday's final. Click here for information. There is also scheduled live streaming coverage on ESPN3 for the finals on Friday and Saturday and a taped recap at 9:30 a.m. on April 1 on ESPNU.